Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wildflower Tour 2012

On Monday, April 9, Donna and I headed to the Hill Country for our "Wildflower Tour 2012". First stop was Junction, Texas. To get to Junction, we retraced the route we took when heading to the Garner area in late February. See "Southern Hill Country Trip, 2012" for more details.

Our destination in Junction was the North Llano River RV Park, located on the south bank of the North Llano River on the north edge of Junction. We planned to spend 3 nights there. That would give us the chance to do a little hiking and a little sight-seeing before moving on to our next destination.

The park there was formerly a KOA park, but it is now privately owned. We enjoyed our stay there. Sites are spacious, and most -- if not all -- are pull-thrus. Cable TV and Internet are included in the price. However, during our stay, the wireless was not working well; staff were attempting to remedy the problem and were in the process of replacing the router. Bathrooms and laundry facilities there were quite clean and well maintained.

Donna spent quite a bit of time fishing in the river, but did not catch anything of note.

Good trees and spacious sites. Our trailer is the one with the picture window at the back near the center of the picture.

Donna relaxing in the shade of a pecan tree at our trailer. Note the North Llano River in the background.
Our view to the west.
Junction has much to recommend it. It is an easy overnight stop for east/west travelers with several nice hotels and many good eating places. On our first day there, we picked up some delicious sausage at Lum's, a locally owned BBQ place we've frequented for years. There is also a Cooper's BBQ along the interstate. This is part of the Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ chain. If you like a strong smoke taste to your meat -- like I do -- then stop in at any of the Cooper's locations.

In addition to BBQ, there are other good places in town to eat, most notably Isaaks for regular Ameircan style dining and La Familia for Mexican food.

The North and South Llano rivers merge in the downtown Junction area, thus the name of the town. The area is covered by impressive hills, rich and fertile valleys, and spring fed streams. It really is a lovely area.

The park appears to cater more to overnight travelers rather than to long-term residents, as some RV parks do. Each evening as we would sit out, we would be entertained by a parade of new arrivals pulling in for an overnight stay. 

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